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  1. This is interesting, because conventional bodybuilders are always trying to spike IGF levels for better growth, perhaps not realizing (or not caring) that it will be detrimental to health in the long term. IGF is a growth factor for prostate cancer, I remember offhand, and I'm sure there are others. To me it is utter stupidity to focus wholly on the body's appearance and not its state of health.
  2. Greetings all. I am a new member here. My story, quickly: short-time vegan, longer-time vegetarian, long-time dogma questioner. I decided to go vegan again after visiting an amazing organization here in California called Farm Sanctuary. The sanctuary mostly houses 'downed' animals that have been left to die on factory farms. The farm reacquainted me with the horrors of factory farming, and I decided that the most compassionate thing to do would be to go vegan. I have been interested in bodybuilding for a while, been lifting casually for a couple years and fairly seriously for around 5 months. While I wanted to go vegan, I didn't want to hurt my bodybuilding progress. I have been repping for Vega for about a year, so I thought I'd check out this Robert Cheeke guy and this crazy vegan bodybuilding thing... man was I impressed with some physiques on this site! I have met Brendan Brazier and can attest to the fact that he is FIT. So I put two and two together and decided to ante up and try it out. I'm fairly slender, at 6' 2â€
  3. So I finally found the perfect bag for hauling my crap around. It has pockets galore, a place for my water bottle, food, Vega and various other necessities. You can view the sweetness here: http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=4&idproduct=6 I ordered it from eBags and got it a few days ago. It is everything I wanted in a bag. Problem is, it had a 'Dupont' tag on it, which I didn't notice on the website. For those of you who don't know, Dupont is involved in several environmental catastrophes like CFCs, and the human-polluting pan coating Teflon. Allegedly, they were instrumental in getting hemp banned in the US as well. This bag is coated with Teflon for fabric protection. So, I have several thoughts: a) the bag is extremely tough and will likely last me the next 10 years, meaning that it will reduce my consumption and hence my waste production. However... b) Dupont is a company I don't want to support. c) I could buy a hemp bag, but judging by some I've had, this new one will outlast them by a longshot. Plus, its functionality exceeds any hemp ones I've seen. So does the fact that this bag will ultimately be a good thing, for me and my environmental footprint, justify the slightly evil presence of Dupont on it? I haven't used it so it's still returnable. But that will use up further resources in the form of the gas the UPS truck burns up. Arrgh, why didn't I read the website more carefully? your thoughts?
  4. You could try a "greaser" like NO-xplode or similar. The nitric oxide precursors (mostly arginine compounds) are supposed to increase NO production and hence the pump. BSN certainly does have a lot of impressive advertising, but I'm not so sure about actual science. In any case, powdered arginine is dirt cheap online.
  5. Greetings. This will be my first post here, and I hope I can be of assistance. Ingested creatine is excreted as creatine and creatinine. In other words, it doesn't break down into its constituent amino acids, so you don't have to worry about the arginine. If this continues to be a problem, l-lysine, 2-3 grams daily should help prevent cold sores.
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